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Boys’ hoops: Brecksville upsets undefeated Stow

by Don DiFrancesco @MayorNEOPrep

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OHIO– Brecksville combined an effective floor game with hot shooting on Friday night, and in the process handed Suburban League rival Stow their first defeat of the season.

Stow led 11-10 after one quarter, but Brecksville connected on five 3-point baskets in the second quarter to take a 29-24 halftime lead. The solid play continued in the second half for the Bees as they outscored the Bulldogs 15-11 in the third quarter. And when Kenny Ganley drained a three with 2:19 to play in the game, the Bees had their largest lead of the night at 64-48 and were able to coast to a 65-53 victory.

Brecksville (7-3, 3-3 in the Suburban League) received the bulk of their scoring from the dynamic trio of Ganley (three 3-pointers, 22 points), Mike Rose (four 3-pointers, 24 points), and Joe Labas (five 3-pointers, 16 points). The Bees amazingly had only four turnovers through the first three quarters and a very respectable total of 10 for the game.

Stow (11-1, 5-1 in the S.L.) held a 32-27 rebounding edge in the contest, led by 6-foot-9 Evan Bainbridge (9) and 6-foot-8 Mason McMurray (8). Scoring leader for the Bulldogs was senior guard Coryon Rice with 15. Junior guard Bryce Harvey added 13 points off the bench, and McMurray, a senior forward, chipped in 10 points.

Stow                                           11            13            11            18   =     53

Brecksville (home)             10            19            15            21   =     65



Rice                          4-5-15

Harvey                    5-0-13

McMurray            3-4-10

Bainbridge           2-4-8

Fretag                     1-2-5

Zavodnik               1-0-2



Rose                         9-2-24

Ganley                    8-3-22

Labas                      5-1-16

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